CM: govt will conduct inquiry once naphtha is removed

NT NETWORK

Panaji

The Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, on Saturday, said that
the government will conduct an inquiry into the entry of the ‘Nu Shi Nalini’,
an unmanned naphtha-laden tanker ship, in the Goan waters once naphtha is
removed from the grounded ship.

Speaking to the media, Sawant reiterated that there is no
danger of any naphtha or oil spillage at this moment, adding that the Ports
Minister Michael Lobo has already visited the site and conducted inspection.

He maintained that the state government is in constant
touch with the Director General of Shipping and the Union Ministry of Home
Affairs on the naphtha-laden ship.

“Our priority at this point is to empty naphtha from the
vessel. Once operation is over, the government will definitely conduct inquiry
into the episode of entering the unmanned naphtha-laden ship, which is
currently grounded at Dona Paula,” he added.

He also reiterated that the state government is very
serious on the issue, and he is personally monitoring the situation for last
14-15 days.

“We will conduct a detailed inquiry into the entry
of vessel in Goan waters. We will investigate into how the vessel entered into
Goa, who brought it, etc,” Chief Minister said.

Sawant said that the five-member committee has been
appointed by the Director General of Shipping to monitor the operation.

“We have received quotations from two professional
agencies. By Sunday, we will finalise an agency and suggest it to the
five-member committee. Probably by November 11, a professional agency will be
onboard to undertake the salvage operation. We tried to shift naphtha from the
ship with our own machinery, but it failed and I regret for that,” he said.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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